Too Shy To Go To The Gym? You Can Still Get Fit
When you never go to the gym before, and you’re not in a good shape, the whole idea of getting fit can feel terrifying. It can feel like you’re at the bottom of a very large mountain, looking up and never knowing how you’re going to reach the summit. You know that it must be possible – you can see other people up there – but you can’t see how you join them.
There’s no doubt that it’s daunting. The idea of going and exposing your naivete to a gym instructor is all the more terrifying. You might not be in high school anymore, but all of us worry about being ridiculed. And if that’s your concern or you just don’t feel comfortable, then it will dominate your focus. There’s little point going to a gym if you’re going to be distracted while you’re there.
One simple way to avoid this discomfort is to get a base level of fitness before you take the next step. If you’re serious about getting into shape, then eventually you will have to branch out and try other things in public. But not today. If you’re a total newcomer, then there are some basic things you can do to get yourself off to a good start.
1. Start at the beginning.
Go for a walk. Don’t go at a gentle pace, the way you would usually amble – pick it up a little, but still not running. This is a simple entry route into cardio training. Keep increasing every day both the speed you walk at and the distance you go. If you’re not comfortable being seen, then walk around your house. Monitoring your pulse so you can make sure you’re getting your heart rate up, and soon, your fitness levels will begin to climb.
2. Look into yoga.
Thanks to free videos on YouTube, you can get a basic idea of yoga from your own front room. Choose beginner exercises even if they feel easy. Yoga may look gentle, but do it wrong and you can cause all manner of damage.
3. Turn your home into a gym.
With a basic level of cardio fitness (thanks to the walking) and core strength (yoga), you can move on to different training options. You can purchase individual weights equipment, but once again, keep things at a simple level. When you’re ready to move up a gear, then visit www.HomeGymHeaven.com and other experts for advice on becoming more advanced.
4. Work on your balance.
It’s widely agreed that there are three types of fitness. They are cardio fitness, strength, and endurance. However, there is a fourth type which brings all of these together: balance. You can practice this doing chores, such as washing up and standing on one leg. It improves muscle tone and gets your heart pumping. Do it for long enough, and you’ll be ticking off endurance as well.
When the time is right, you can go to the gym. But as the above show, there are plenty of things you can do from home to give you a good start.